Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2012

Posted On May 7, 2012

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This is the second year I visited the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, located on the fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD.   It is a fiber art paradise, complete with workshops, more yarn and roving than I could even see.  I’m still dizzy from the stimulation of the fair, the amazing animals like four horned Jacob Sheep.  A filmmaker, I couldn’t resist capturing images and sound, but those will be saved for another project.  Instead, here are two local vendors I met there and whose farms I would love to visit.

The fun part is seeing all of the garments modeled by the fiber artists who flock to the festival.  My necklace made of recycled saris was a conversation piece with many friendly festival-goers, and there was so much knitting and crocheting in public even on damp grass next to nearby food stands.  Ravelry is present, button clad, and heard even in the bathroom, “Oh, I know your pattern.”  One can’t help but admire the handiwork of the intricate shawls and sweaters everyone is wearing, and it’s not uncommon for strangers to touch each others’ garments to experience their textures.  Local yarn stores even bus folks down in droves.


Cozy Rabbit Farm

This little marvel is an English-French Angora, a treasure to pet.  One day I dream of raising Angoras of my own, but for now I settled with taking home this gorgeous yarn.


Tamarack Farm in Spring Mills, PA

The family at Tamarack has raised Icelandic and natural-colored Merino Sheep for over fifteen years.  They recently took a trip to Iceland and sell a variety of products available on their Etsy site and website: everything from morels to eggs to felted, and of course the fleece and yarn.  This yarn is so soft.  It would be lovely for gloves, a shawl, or a sweater.  You will want to pet it all day long.


So please enjoy this alpaca, and I hope to see you in Rhinebeck:



Bonnie MacAllister is a multimedia artist.  She’s in process of knitting her costume with some of this fabulous pluckyfluff and from recycled saris for the Sandy Spring Museum on June 24.  Her piece “What the Water Wore” describes the fundamental right to clean water, the threats faced globally in our challenged ecosystems, through the perspective of the water herself if she were a woman living a village with no well or access to this life source.

3 Responses to “Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2012”

  1. Ruthie Schanbacher

    Very nice! I was planning to go but it didn’t work out. Hopefully next year! And there’s a show in VA in Sept.

  2. Dee

    I can’t knit, but I’ll take the rabbit, thank you very much.

  3. Stacey Wright

    aaawww what a cute rabbit and alpaca!!

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